Being at university can be a stressful time; the pressure of studying, managing timetables, feeling homesick, and going through exams may all contribute to poor wellbeing. Feeling good physically, emotionally and mentally helps you get the most out of each day and can build resilience to overcome obstacles during your time at Imperial.
We have comprised a list of wellbeing resources to help make your time at Imperial as stress free as possible.
How the College can help
Mindfulness can help us focus on our thoughts and help perceive what is happening in our lives. It can help reduce feelings of stress, failure and struggles with concentration - all emotions normal to experience while studying.
The College Chaplaincy offers a range of Mindfulness sessions:
- Weekly drop in sessions during term times (Monday 12:00-13:00, Tuesday 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 18:00-19:00)
- One-to-one conversations to help you get started or develop the practice can be arranged with the College's Chaplain and Mindfulness teacher, Hogetsu Baerndal
- Longer courses will be available soon
All sessions are held at 15 Prince's Gardens, South Kensington Campus, SW7 1NA
Mental Health Workshops & Programmes
It is normal to feel like your mental health is suffering during your time at university. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, lonely, depressed, or anxious, the College has a range of resources to help you get through.
The Counselling and Mental Health Advice Service offers courses and workshops which focus on a range of wellbeing topics. It currently runs The Kind Mind Series; a series of weekly videos and resources focusing on looking after the mind, body and heart. You can view all episodes here.
SilverCloud is an online platform which offers self-help programmes 24/7. Programmes include informational videos, quizzes and activities, all based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) concepts. There are currently 8 courses available to Imperial students:
- Space for Positive Body Image
- Space from Anxiety
- Space from Depression
- Space from Depression and Anxiety
- Space from Health Anxiety
- Space from Panic
- Space from Social Anxiety
- Space from Stress
If you would like to arrange a SilverCloud support session, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a 50 minute slot. More information about SilverCloud's programmes, including modules and course topics, can be found here.
Imperial College have created a range of NHS approved self help guides, providing user friendly information on a variety of wellbeing topics. Find the guides here for information on mental health issues, bereavement, sleep, and more.
Each faculty has Wellbeing Advisors who can offer confidential support and advice on mental health and wellbeing tips. To find the Wellbeing Advisor for your faculty or department, click here.
The Chemistry PG Committee is running weekly yoga and netball sessions at the White City Campus. Both activities are open to all students. Click on the links for times, dates and booking information for yoga and netball.
The College's centre for sport offers a wide range of classes, teams, advice and information on how to keep your body moving and mind active during your studies.
For £20 a term, you can access drop-in sessions and classes through Active Imperial. Sessions are 7 days a week and activities range from mindfulness and stretching, to climbing and team sports. Find out more here.
Earn yourself a coffee for your library sessions by recording your workouts on the Move Imperial App. The app is free to download and you can redeem your rewards in catering outlets and retailers across the College. Find out more and download the app here.
The MoveMore Programme is a 10 week free and personalised programme focussed on improving your overall lifestyle through workshops, presentations and 1-2-1 training. Places for the 2022 cohort (4th July to 11th September) are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Email Leisha Wegg for more information.
Information and educational materials can be accessed during Wellbeing Wednesdays on the White City Campus. Learn about health, nutrition, sleep, and get your blood pressure taken.